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Go ‘Atlantic Blue’ To Celebrate Our Connection On World Oceans Day
Famous buildings and landmarks across Ireland will ‘Go Atlantic Blue' over the weekend 7-10 June to celebrate our connection to the Atlantic Ocean as part of World Oceans Day. The global day this Saturday 8 June connects people worldwide in…
Currach racing at the Cork Harbour Festival
The nine-day Cork Harbour Festival which celebrates our maritime heritage, continues all this week until Sunday June 9th. With over 70 maritime events taking place, there is still time to go on a yacht in Cork Harbour, try a scuba…
The Frank Keane BMW ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay this weekend will produce a 100-boat fleet
Dun Laoghaire's Royal St George Yacht Club hosts this week's Frank Keane BMW ICRA National Championships. Ten races are scheduled with approximately one hundred boats entered. Afloat sticks its neck out to predict the top boats and winners in each division. Last year's…
Tom Power, who died on Saturday, June 1, was a member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for 41 years
The sport of Irish sailing is mourning the loss of Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) member Tom Power (1946-2019), a leading offshore sailing campaigner who died on Saturday after a long illness. Tributes were led today by his RIYC skipper and…
In just one week it was extremely rare for the Isle of Man to receive three cruiseships and all making an inaugural call, among them AFLOAT adds Overseas Adventure Travel’s Corinthian berthed at scenic Peel on the south-west of the island.
A trio of cruiseships recently visited the Isle of Man and notably all of the vessels were making an inaugural call to the Irish Sea island.  According to CruiseEurope the visiting cruise callers were welcomed by Cruise Isle of Man…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s decision to withdraw plans for a €30 million berth for cruise liners in Dun Laoghaire “represents a victory for those who want to resist any significant future commercial role for the harbour and for the town”, according to…
Newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough a Polar research ship (in March) moves out of the UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird on Merseyside yard which is to announce today in Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. AFLOAT adds also at the shipyard (wet basin) is berthed Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tidespring, first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-class replenishment tankers completed in recent years for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Since completion in 2017 this was the vessel's inaugural docking period when the ship arrived at the Irish Sea yard in March.
UK shipyard Cammell Laird on Merseyside will today announce at the Nor Shipping trade fair in Oslo, Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. Liverpool City Region based Cammell Laird is releasing…
Travel Media Awards: Stena Line's Diane Poole (second from left) and Jill Kelleher (second from right) receive the Best Ferry Company award from Fran Lambert, Atout France, and event hosts Alex Gibson and Ed Finn. The awards are the only ones to be voted for by travel media across Ireland.
At the 2019 Travel Media Awards, travel writers, bloggers and influencers from all over Ireland have voted Stena Line Best Ferry Company for the seventh year in succession. More than 200 guests gathered at the Travel Media Awards event which…
Simon Haigh, Managing Director of Quay Marinas (left) with Michael Prideaux, Managing Director of Dean & Reddyhoff
Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas have announced that they have signed contracts to merge their businesses. The deal is expected to complete in the next three months and the combined business will operate the second largest number of coastal…
The MSC Opera cruise ship after a crash in San Basilio dock, Venice, Italy. The operator, MSC Cruises said the 2,679-passenger cruiseship, which dwarfed the Venice skyline, was approaching a terminal on the Giudecca canal when it hit the dock and a nearby ferry after a technical problem.
A family from Ireland were caught up in a cruise ship collision with a tourist boat in Venice has hit out at the company’s treatment of passengers left stranded in the aftermath of the accident. As The Irish Times reports,…
The Irish State has developed infrastructure (for border checks post-Brexit) at Dublin Port (above) and Rosslare Europort in addition at Dublin airport
Almost €8 million, The Irish Times reports, has been spent by the State buying land and developing properties at Dublin Port, Dublin airport and Rosslare Europort for border checks post-Brexit. Paschal Donohoe the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said…
Blackrock diving board in Galway where a swim ban has been lifted
A swim ban has been lifted at Galway city’s beaches, following the latest results of bathing water quality tests writes Lorna Siggins Galway City Council has removed “do not swim” notices at Silver Strand and Salthill beaches on the advice of the…
Joan Mulloy gets to grips with her Beneteau Figaro 3 foiling yacht
Today’s Sunday Business Post will carry a special preview of the first leg of the 50th La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro international race as the skippers set sail from Nantes for Kinsale. The West Cork stopover this coming week is…
A new ferry for DFDS Dover-Calais service in 2021, will be named Côte D’Opale and follows a steel cutting ceremony of the ferry in China. AFLOAT adds the newbuild chartered from Stena Ro Ro which has ordered eight Stena's E-Flexer class ropax ferries to include sisters entering Irish Sea service from next year.
Danish shipping giant DFDS, has announced the name of their new ferry Côte D'Opale which is due for English Channel service between Dover and Calais in 2021. The newbuild is named after a region of France that overlooks the English…
The German Navy frigate FGS Augsburg (left) recently took part in exercises involving rocket shooting in waters near Sundsvall, Sweden. Also involved is the corvette, FGS Erfurt auf dem.
A German Navy frigate which carried out exercises in Swedish waters has arrived in Dublin Port and will remain docked during the June Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'Bremen' 122 class frigate FGS Augsburg displacing 3,680 tonnes had…
A screenshot from Beaches.ie showing the restriction in place at Galway's Grattan Beach
Galway City Council is investigating whether a testing fault has resulted in high levels of bacteria being reported at several of its beaches. As Afloat reported earlier today, a swimming ban has been imposed at Silver Strand, Salthill and Blackrock,…

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